Sweet Water Taste

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by Gloria Bond Clunie

July 12-Aug 25, 2019 (Press Opening: July 12)

All Hell (And A Little Bit Of Heaven) Are About To Break Loose!

All hell and a little bit of heaven breaks loose when Elijah Beckford, a prominent southern black undertaker, approaches his wealthy white cousin, Charlie Beckford, and demands to be buried in the “family cemetery.” When the two patriarchs go head to head, the wives and children are dragged into the fray, and the two families battle it out with comic consequences in this award-winning play.

Funny, irreverent and topical, Sweet Water Taste features some of Atlanta’s best actors and Horizon favorites in this Atlanta premiere. It’s a contemporary tale inspired by the antics of our ancestors and a controversy that has been raging for 200 years (think Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson). If you’ve loved previous summer productions from director Thomas W. Jones II (Blackberry Daze, Da’ Kink In My Hair), you’ll be thrilled with this Southern ensemble story about two branches of a family tree unexpectedly carving out their future.

Length & Content

Sweet Water Taste has a run time of 2 hours & 10 minutes with one intermission.

Sweet Water Taste is recommended for ages 13 and older.

Handicap seating limited for this production. Please call to reserve if needed.

Performance Dates

July 12 – August 25, 2019
Press Opening: July 12

Wednesday – Friday at 8:00 PM
Saturday at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday at 5:00 PM

– Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM


General Admission

  • Tickets start at $30 on Wednesdays & Thursdays, and $35 on weekends.
  • Prices are subject to change and will rise as performances fill up.

Bring your neighbors!
Group pricing is available for parties of 10+. Groups of 10-24 receive $3 off the general admission ticket price. Groups of 25+ receive $5 off the general admission ticket price. Call 404.523.1477 x100 or e-mail groups@horizontheatre.com for more information.

Ticket prices are subject to change. Buy early for best pricing. Internet convenience fee added to all online orders. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating. Cannot combine discount offers.


Creative Team

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association


Gloria Bond Clunie is an award-winning playwright, director and educator. Clunie is a founding member of the Playwriting Ensemble at Chicago’s Regional Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater where her plays North Star, Living Green and Shoes premiered. She is also the founding Artistic Director of Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre. Other plays include SMOKE, Malindy, Sing!, Buck Naked, DRIP, Merry Kwanzaa, Mercy Rising and QUARK. Her plays have been workshopped and produced in a variety of theaters including Victory Gardens Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, ETA, Alliance Theatre, Triad Stage, Her Story Theatre, MPAACT, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Penobscot Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Originally from Henderson, North Carolina, she and her husband Basil live in Evanston, Illinois and are the proud parents of daughter Aurelia.

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Playwright Gloria Bond Clunie was inspired to write SWEET WATER TASTE after reading an article in Time Magazine about Jefferson & Hemings. While the play is set in modern day, it is not hard to see the connection. Take a look below at some articles covering the topic: